AN ALTRINCHAM gap year student is set to embark on a life changing trip to Uganda Laura Barnett, 18, of Mayors Road, Altrincham, will be jetting off for two weeks to the eastern city of Jinja as part of UgandAid’s prolonged missionary work.

A former student of Wellington School, Laura has previously helped out at the Altrincham Baptist Church with the church’s youth groups but looks forward to the new challenge.

Laura said: “The main aim of the trip is help children and young people and aid with building work in some of the local villages.

“We leave on Sunday and I am really looking forward to it,” she added.

The youngest of around 24 volunteers, Laura will be joining helpers of various ages, with the trip now in its tenth year.

Part of the work includes a trip to the Nile Vocational Institute, which aims to help vulnerable youngsters with no other chance of further education.

Laura said: “My parents have sponsored children for a while now at the institute and I thought it would be a good idea to go out there and help out.”

Altrincham FC have also donated football kits for the trip, which the group will deliver to local schools in the area.